As a follow up to last week's viewpoint on the dangers of prescription drugs, I wanted to share a conversation I had with the narcotics division of the Forrest County Sheriff's office. What they shared is sobering for any parent or guardian. A disturbing trend they are seeing is teenagers who are taking drugs from mom's, dad's or a grandparent's medicine cabinet and using them or selling them to other teens. A key component here is a teen with more money than true responsibility. The tragic part is by their twenties they are hooked on more than just the family prescriptions – now they are hooked on drugs like heroin.
So what can we do as parents? First, we need to know the signs. Ask yourself these questions: Do they appear lethargic? Has there been a dramatic change in mood? Do they need more money than usual? The agent I spoke to suggests we keep track of the money we give them, know their friends and lock up your narcotics. It is scary to think that a pathway to drugs could be right there in your home.
This is today's viewpoint.